Parly: Unmonitored vehicles cause deaths

2011-08-26 11:03
Johannesburg - The vehicles transporting many children are not monitored and this is what leads to their deaths, the parliamentary committee on education and recreation said on Friday.

"Some of the taxis and buses are [not roadworthy], but are allowed to continue transporting children. This must stop," said chairperson Mamosoeu Makgatle.

Fourteen schoolchildren and a bus driver died and 44 children were injured in Knysna on Wednesday when their bus plunged off a low bridge into a dam. It has been alleged that the bus was overloaded.

The committee condemned any act of recklessness, including overloading or driving vehicles with faulty brakes, said Makgatle.

"If the allegations of negligence are true, there should be stringent action against the service provider," she said.

As part of its oversight responsibility, the committee would consider getting provincial education departments and school transport service providers to come up with control strategies to prevent further deaths.

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